Devotional – Hope for Methuselah

I switched on the light, but procrastinated my ignorance as long as possible, slowly opening my eyes and turning toward the clear bowl in the corner of my living room. I braced myself for the second time of the day. The first time was early in the morning, dreading the same scene I feared now:…

Devotional – Upstream

“MOSES! COME! Please…come…” I whimpered, exhausted and near tears as I jumped through thickets and over large rocks on the edge of the river. What if he drowns? Why does he keep swimming upstream? I can tell he’s getting tired! What started out as a little walk to the river had turned into rescue episode…

Devotional: Future Gratitude

Let’s say your name is Isaiah (apologies if you’re female).  Let’s say the world as you know it is crashing down around you—your homeland in ashes, your friends and family either dead or captives in a foreign land.  You look around and see the few who remain—starving, in rags, living in terror and tears.  Let’s…

Devotional: Waiting with Hope

What are you waiting for?  What is it that keeps your breath and heart suspended, your eyes searching the skies for a tiny cloud of hope?  What keeps your mind racing in circles chasing down the elusive “answer”?  What is it that you’re waiting for, but quit expecting long ago?  What is it that, when…

Devotional: In the Darkness

I read a book recently called Shattered Dreams, by Larry Crabb. I know, that sounds a bit depressing, but it really made me think.  The main idea is that God sometimes lets our desires go unmet so that He can help us discover that our deepest desire is not actually convenience, health, wealth, or even…

Devotional: Grace and Hope

Grace is a missionary teacher in South Korea, and she gave me permission to share part of an email she wrote to me today: “This morning here in South Korea …when I was feeling so keenly that I needed God’s strength to carry me through, I was doing my personal devotions and this verse… Deuteronomy…